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Chef Luis Amado Director, Baking and Pastry Program

The Baking and Pastry Certificate program prepares you for employment in retail deli bakeries, fine dining restaurants, pastry and bakery shops, commercial baking, and hotel and resort bake shops.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn through classroom study, hands-on training, and work experience.
  • Receive extensive training in the development and preparation of breads, pies, pastries, cookies, petit fours, specialty breads and pastries, fruit bars, tortes, centerpieces, wedding cakes, and international desserts.
  • Prepare for any one of a variety of positions in the industry — assistant pastry chef, assistant baker, head baker, lead baker, wedding cake decorator, and executive pastry chef.

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Career Facts

  • The median annual salary for a Pastry Chef is about $56,100.
  • Employment of Chefs, Cooks, and food preparation workers is expected to increase by 11 percent by 2016, which is about as fast as average.
  • Both baking and pastry rely on the chemistry of the ingredients used. Pastry Chefs must understand food science, baking chemistry, mathematics, and metrics.
  • Some work is highly detailed and repetitive, which requires Chefs to be meticulous, patient, and have good manual dexterity. Many items must be created at specific temperatures, so Chefs must be precise when working with these products.
  • While certification is not required, it can help to prove accomplishment and lead to advancement and higher-paying positions.
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